Metallic Starlng

Posted by gregc on Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:33 pm

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Adult Metallic Starling (Aplornis metallica) perched above its nest. These birds come from the islands to the north to nest in North Queensland. They arrive about August, and many are on their second brood now. The nesting colonies are generally dense and dark, and although I can occasionally get them in natural light only, I prefer to use fill flash on these to evenly bring out the green sheen and purple irridensecnce.

ISO1000, 360mm, f6.3, 1/200, 2x flash, by Canon.

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by peter makuch on Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:54 pm
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the perfect bg for this shot and the popping colour eye really makes the starling stand-out of this image, clean work.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:58 pm
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Beautiful starling species, I like the iridescence and eye color.
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by david fletcher on Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:57 am
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Excellent work and composition/placement Greg. Lovely balance of light and shade and colours. Well done.
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by Mary Brun on Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:45 am
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A really beautiful composition, beautiful background so uniform that it brings out the reflections of the subject.

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by Carol Clarke on Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:36 pm
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Lovely image, Greg and your flash work brought out the colours and iridescence beautifully.

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by ADKShooter on Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:02 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Lovely image, Greg and your flash work brought out the colours and iridescence beautifully.


+1.  Wonderful use of fill flash to achieve your goal of showing the colors.

by Karl Egressy on Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:52 am
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Great looking bird and very nice image.

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